Minot Minotauros forward Keenan Lund, 20, helped his team stay right in the thick of the Central Division leaders with a road split in Aberdeen over the weekend. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, had three more points (all assists) in the two games during the weekend and now sits 2nd in NAHL scoring with 15 points through his first 10 games. On Friday, Lund had two assists, including on the overtime-winner in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he recorded an assist in Minot’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss. “Keenan had another strong weekend. His speed generates opportunities for him and is a player we rely on heavily night in and night out. He is garnering plenty of NCAA Division I interest right now and I firmly believe he’s only going to continue to get better and better,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
2nd Star: Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ian Mageau, F, Austin Bruins – Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins – Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness - Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and forward Adrian Danchenko, 19, took two of three games in their three-game set against the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Palm City, Florida, had seven points in the three games, which included recording at least a goal and an assist in each of the three outings. That included a one goal, two assist effort in a 4-1 win on Thursday to open the series. The Alabama-Huntsville recruit now has nine points in his first six NAHL games played this season. “Adrian has provided a huge boost to our team since arriving to town. He is a threat in all situations throughout a game as evidenced by him scoring power play, short handed, and even strength goals this weekend. His experience on our team as a three-year NAHL veteran is a big reason for our early season success,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.
2nd Star: Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Trevor Smith, F, Northeast Generals – Jordan Strand, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
The Janesville Jets got back on track this weekend and right back in the thick of the Midwest Division leaders thanks to a series road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Backstopping the team in both wins was 17-year-old goaltender and Arizona State recruit Cole Brady. The 6’5/165 lbs. native of Toronto, Ontario, allowed just two goals all weekend, stopped 75 of 77 shots in the process. That included 34 saves on Friday’s 2-1 win and 41 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win, where he also stopped all three Kenai River shooters. “Cole was very solid and gave us a chance to win both nights. He made big timely saves when needed and controlled the game with his play. His confidence in net carried over to the players on the ice during the game. He showed his talents in the shoot out win on Saturday with some very athletic saves,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.
2nd Star: Cam Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Johan Bok, D, Kenai River Brown Bears - Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Shreveport Mudbugs made it be known this weekend that they have no plans on giving up their South Division crown from last year, which was evident in their weekend home sweep of the South Division-leading Amarillo Bulls. Mudbugs forward Jack Johnson, 20, had a big weekend for his team, recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bemidji, Minnesota, assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win and on Saturday, he scored twice and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Johnson leads the Mudbugs in scoring with 12 points in 10 games played. “Jack’s game has steadily improved over the first 10 games and is becoming a quality 200-foot player. His ability to maintain possession of the puck and visualize the ice puts him in great situations to contribute offensively,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.
2nd Star: Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Bud Winter, F, Corpus Christi IceRays
Aberdeen Wings forward and Arizona State recruit Joey Strada, 19, made the most of his lone game of the weekend as he led the Wings to a 6-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard on Friday night. The 5’6/145 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists in the win. For the season, Strada is 2nd in team scoring to date with nine points in seven games played. “Joey has established some pretty high standards for himself. He has a big role within our team and he always seems to show up when needed,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – CJ Regula, D, Minnesota Wilderness – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings
Northeast Generals forward and Lake Superior State commit Louis Boudon, 20, played a big role in his team’s weekend home split with the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France totaled five points in the two games, which included three goals and two assists. On Saturday, Boudon had both Generals goals in a 4-2 loss and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. For the season, Boudon leads the Generals in scoring with 10 points in six games played. “Louis, already one of the top players in the league last year, has elevated his game even higher this year. His quickness and strength have improved and he is a threat every time he is on the ice in any situation. He already has goals on the power play and penalty kill, and he is a special player that is still getting better,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.
2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Rutigliano, F, Northeast Generals
Sitting atop of the Midwest Division is the Kenai River Brown Bears, who opened up their home schedule this past weekend with a sweep of the Chippewa Steel. In between the pipes in both games was veteran netminder Gavin Enright. The 19-year-old native of Farmington, Minnesota, stopped 48 of 50 shots in the series to help his team pick up four more points. On Friday night, Enright (6’2/160) stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 3-2 win. “Gavin was calm and confident all weekend, especially in the 1st period on Friday Night, making 15 of 15 saves. We are very excited about the progress Gavin has made coming into his second year in the NAHL and what is to come in the future for him. Although this is an individual award, Gavin would be the first to tell you this was a team effort and we are going to continue to focus on that moving forward,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.
2nd Star: Nick Techel, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
Despite playing in just one game this past weekend, the Amarillo Bulls showed no signs of slowing down as they posted a convincing 6-0 shutout win at home over the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday. Veteran forward Logan Jenuwine, 20, had two goals in the win, which included the game-winning goal early in the 1st period. For the season, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, who is committed to play NCAA hockey at Western Michigan, is 5th on the team in scoring with 11 points in seven games played. “Logan has been a tremendous addition to our club since joining us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His veteran leadership, maturity and attention to detail have been a big part of why we are having early season success. He also has an extremely high compete level that raises our desire to succeed as a group,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Kyler Yeo, F, Topeka Pilots
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Ryan Winter, G, Amarillo Bulls
RPI recruit and Aberdeen Wings forward Jon Bendorf, 19, helped his team to a weekend road sweep against the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Yardville, New Jersey, recorded six points in the weekend sweep, which included two goals, four assists, and a +3 rating. On Friday, Bendorf had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win and on Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 win. In six games played this season, Bendorf is tied for the team scoring lead with seven points. “Jon’s leadership showed this weekend. He was a big part of the success and wins we had. He has the ability to take over games,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Lincoln Erne, D, Minot Minotauors
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins - Nick Portz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins - Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Knights goalie and Minnesota-Duluth recruit Zach Stejskal, 18, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Cohasset, Minnesota, stopped 78 of 81 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Stejskal made 30 saves in a 2-1 win and on Saturday, he made 48 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. In four regular season games this season, Stejskal has a 2-1-1 record with a 2.44 goals against average and 93.9% save percentage. “Zach made all the saves he needed to make to give our team a chance to win this weekend. He saw a lot of shots and was up to the task each night. His performance is well deserving of this award,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.
2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Freddie Macciocchi, F, Northeast Generals – Marko Sturma, G, Northeast Generals
Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jonathan Sorenson, 19, helped his team to a weekend split of their road series against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, had three points on the weekend. On Friday, Sorenson scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win and on Saturday he assisted on both of Fairbanks’ goals in a 3-2 loss. In eight games played this season, Sorenson has recorded four points. “Jonathan continues to get better. He was great this weekend and brings energy each ice session,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Haider, G, Minnesota Magicians - Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Cam Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel – Tomas Vochozka, F, Chippewa Steel
Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka Pilots, the Amarillo Bulls now sit atop the NAHL and South Division standings. Bulls defenseman Brenden Datema, 19, had four points in the weekend sweep. The 6’5/220 lbs. native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, had a goal and an assist each night and was also a +3 on the weekend. That included the game-winning goal in Friday’s 5-4 win. For the season, Datema leads all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points. “Brenden has taken tremendous strides from Year 1 to Year 2. He has taken on a leadership role with our team and been a steady presence in all situations. We are proud of him for his commitment to his game and our group and look forward to seeing where he commits to play NCAA Division I hockey,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Barraclough, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Max Finner, D, Topeka Pilots – Kyle Herbster, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Siffringer, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dallas Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots
The Minot Minotauros got off to a good start to their season at the NAHL Showcase posting a 3-1 record. Forward Keenan Lund, 20, led the way for the Minotauros at the event with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the four games. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, recorded at least a point in all four games and had two multi-point games. His best outing came in a 4-0 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays where he had the game-winning goal and two assists. “Keenan really came into his own the second half and was a key member of our success down the stretch last season. There are big expectations for him this year, and he responded with an exceptional Showcase. His skating is excellent and he can make plays in small areas. He’s a great story for our league working his way up through the NA3HL and I have no doubt he could be an asset to a NCAA Division I program,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
2nd Star: Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antenucci, F, Brookings Blizzard – Taylor Lantz, F, Minot Minotauros – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins
Johnstown Tomahawks forward Chad Merrell, 20, led his team to a 2-2 record at the NAHL Showcase and recorded at least a point in all four games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Boca Raton, Florida, had six points during the event, which included five goals. Merrell had back-to-back two-goal games in a 4-3 win over Fairbanks and a 3-1 win over Springfield. For the season, he has seven points in six games played. “Chad had a great Showcase for us. He produced offense in every game including back-to-back two-goal games. He showed off his speed and scoring touch, which included a short-handed goal on Saturday. It was great to see Chad demonstrate his abilities in front of the incredible amount of scouts that were at the Showcase and I hope that he was able to attract some good interest because he deserved to.He has had a great start to the season so far and we look forward to him continuing to contribute our team even more as the season goes on.said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: Connor Pooley, F, Maryland Black Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matteo Menotti, F, Maryland Black Bears
Minnesota Magicians rookie goalie Ethan Haider, a Clarkson University commit, left the NAHL Showcase the league’s shutout leader with two. Haider, who just turned 17-years-old earlier this month, played in three games and posted two shutouts at the NAHL Showcase. The 6’2/205 lbs. native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, had a 34-save shutout in a 3-0 win over Aberdeen and a 32-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Odessa. He also had 22 saves in a loss to 4-0 Topeka. For the week, Haider stopped 88 of a possible 91 shots on goal. “We are very happy with Ethan’s performance this weekend. He gave us a chance to win in all three games he played. His preparation for a young goalie is very impressive and it gives his team mates confidence when he is in the net,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.
2nd Star: Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Daly, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – David Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Stanton, F, Minnesota Magicians – Dennis Westergard, G, Kenai River Brown Bears
The Amarillo Bulls were one of two teams to go a perfect 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase and forward Alex Peterson was a big factor behind the Bulls success. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, had seven points in the four wins, which included five goals and two assists. Peterson also recorded game-winning goals in two of the contests and had a three-point game in a 9-0 win over Jamestown. His eight points this season is tied for 3rd in league scoring. “Alex has been an offensive force and a leader for us since the beginning of the season. He has worked very hard to put himself in this position and earned the success that he has had to this point. He will be a tremendous addition to the NCAA Division I program that he selects,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brenden Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Santeri Hartikainen, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – CJ McGee, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jordan Randall, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka Pilots – Anton Rubtsov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs
Veteran Johnstown forward Samuel Solensky, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights this weekend to get the season started. On Friday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, had an assist in a 3-2 win and on Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 5-1 win. “It was a step in the right direction for us to open our season with two wins on the road. Sam was a very big part of our offense. As usual, he was creating a lot of plays and was around the puck all game. He set up our game-winning goal on Friday night with a great play, then on Saturday he was a big force for us with two goals and setting up another. I felt he was dangerous all weekend when he was on the ice. Heading into the Showcase this week it was some positive momentum for him as I feel he is a very strong NCAA Division 1 prospect and hopefully his quality play carries right into the upcoming week,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Head, F, New Jersey Titans – Cameron Hebert, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
The Kenai River Brown Bears got an early season boost as they went into Janesville, Wisconsin this past weekend and picked up a weekend sweep of the Jets. Defenseman JJ Boucher, 19, was a huge factor in the two wins as the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Ottawa, Ontario had four assists and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Boucher had an assist in a 5-2 win and on Saturday, he had three assists in a 7-3 win. “This award could have gone to anyone on our team, but JJ had an exceptional weekend. He was instrumental in the wins and was really good defensively in addition to offensive production he put up. He was doing a little bit of everything like blocking shots and making good passes. He is a legit NCAA Division I prospect and we are looking forward to watching him grow as a player,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.
2nd Star: Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – John Stampohar, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Shreveport Mudbugs picked up right where they left off from last season with two wins in their opening weekend series against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Mdubugs had a new face in goal in Leo Chuard, but the veteran netminder didn’t miss a beat, giving up two goals during the weekend. On Thursday, the 20-year-old native of Geneva, Switzerland, made 35 saves in his NAHL debut in a 4-1 and then on Saturday, Chaurd (6’2/198 lbs.) made 30 saves in another 4-1 win. “Having lost both goalies from a season ago, we were looking for Leo to provide a veteran presence and leadership on the ice and that’s exactly what he did that past weekend. I thought he was composed and played with a lot of poise,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.
2nd Star: Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jared Christy, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots – Rex Moe, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Kyle Moore, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Anton Rubtsov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs